On Friday, September 30th, Her Honour the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, marked the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by taking part in the unveiling of a Platinum Jubilee Garden on the grounds of the Legislative Assembly in Queen’s Park.
The Lieutenant Governor was joined Speaker Ted Arnott, Premier Doug Ford, Elder Carolyn King, and Gimaa Stacey Laforme to unveil the garden in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years of devoted service and the enduring treaty relationship.
The garden has a thematic focus on the meaningful treaty relationship between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples. It also features the first plaque on the grounds of Queen’s Park to recognize Treaty 13 territory and to include an Indigenous language, an especially meaningful way to mark the start of the United Nations Decade of Indigenous languages. The ga
rden features tobacco plants grown from seeds gifted by the Tobacco Keepers for The Chapel Royal at Massey College.
The stone border of the garden also features four Moccasin Identifiers.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.